The playoffs are about to begin around the southeast for high school football. This seems like a good time to take a look at some of the storylines that will play out over the next few weeks.
Let’s start in Georgia. One of the most interesting things to occur in the Peach State this season is the relative parody in the 6A classification. There is only one undefeated team in the entire state at that level, but they are not a serious title contender. Instead, what we have seen is a series of teams treat the number one ranking like a hot potato as they pass it down the line. The latest school to grab it is Colquitt County. We will see them on CSS this Friday against highly-ranked region foe Camden County. This game has huge playoff implications. The winner could get as many as three home games in the postseason and the loser could draw the same bracket as a powerful Lovejoy team and defending state champion Norcross. With so much on the line, I know you will want to tune in.
We will also be streaming a game this week from Tennessee. It is a first-round playoff matchup between Blackman and Smyrna. Ironically this is a rematch of a game played two weeks ago. Blackman won the last time on the road, and this time the Blaze have the advantage of playing at home. Their stadium is called The Inferno and it will no doubt be rocking this week. We will also be looking forward to being back in Tennessee for our televised game in a couple of weeks. More details to come on that later.
The state of South Carolina presents what might be my favorite storyline of the postseason. Of course, I’m talking about the potential collision and rematch between Northwestern and Byrnes. These are two of the most prolific offenses in the entire country. When they played before, it was a win for Northwestern. The Rebels are eyeing the opportunity for revenge.
In Alabama, I can’t help but think back to a couple of weeks ago when we televised the showdown between Auburn and Carver (Montgomery). Those two teams each had a dominant player. Auburn had Rashaan Evans and Carver had Shaun Dion Hamilton. The playoffs are an entirely different brand of football. Often times it takes a superior talent like those names to survive and advance.
Finally, the two states I haven't mentioned could not be more different. Florida seems to offer little in the way of drama at the very top. I just do not think anybody can beat Booker T. Washington. However in Mississippi, your guess is as good as mine as to who will hoist the trophy. I would definitely keep my eye on Lance Pogue’s South Panola team though.
No matter what happens around the southeast over the next few weeks, one thing is for sure, you just cannot beat this time of year.